Different quates taken from the System Interrupted Webzine. 2.23.01 by Mario Shumacher (Plastic Assualt/Edge of Dawn): "Gross National Produkt incorporates several styles of electronic music, especially Industrial, Electro, Ambient, Drum & Bass and Illbient." - "The tracks I've heard sound pretty spontaneous - like a bunch of zombies brapping around with synths and industrial percussion in a dark abandoned factory." - "It seems to me that Rik has spend a lot of time on programming the layered lo-fi rhythms, which are very impressing." - "Gross National Produkt combines weird ideas with excellent lo-fi rhythms.".
Gross National Produkt started out in 1997 as a nameless idea that two friends shared. This idea concisted of a desire to create a hyrid of electronic, industrial music that always incorporated new elements and always strived to make each track different from the next.
Not too long after the birth of GNP one of the parents had to move to a location where further involment in the raising of GNP was pretty much impossible. Since then Rik, now the only member of GNP, has carried out this idea on his own for the last four years.
In 1999 GNP released a promotional album called Meat Market which was limited to 500 copies in Europe with the label AVA/ES1. This release was non profitable and was only a promotional deal that was cut out of friendship between GNP and the owner of AVA/ES1. In 2001 GNP independantly released it's second album dubed Disturbed Spaces. This album was a turning point in the evolution of GNPs sound as it showed that he had broken away from his more minimal ambiotic experimental textures and was now showing a more harder edge while still maintaining an ambiant backbone. The incorporation of jungle, drum and bass, break-beat and other percussion driven genres added a new dimension to the sound and further built upon the idea that was incubated in 97.
In 2002 Gross National Produkt released it's most ambitious title thus far through Meat Market Industries, Riks own independent label which he uses to release his Gross National Produkt material to distributors and sell through various store-fronts. The new album was entitled Enslave and it encompassed most fans favorite GNP tracks at the time. The reason for this might have been that it was the most vocally involved GNP title to date, with more than half of the songs having vocal. This was a major progression for Rik as his vocal ability was really starting to show itself to him. As a whole the Enslave album is a medley of electronic and mechanical intensity put together in a very intriguing way. Most of the release is polliticaly driven which is evident when you listen to most of the vocal tracks (already dead, madusa flank, soldier, robotzzzzz). The album title itself and the three title tracks that go along with it (enslave pt1-3) are built around the ideal that the public are brought into a state of disinformation through the media and the politicians who use them and throw them away. Who lie to us on a day to day basis right in our faces and the public is none the wiser. It is enslavement.
Later in Decemeber of the that same year Gross National Produkt appeared on the Trinity Compilation, launched by Darkcell Digitial Music with the likes of Spahn Ranch, Goteki, Fiction 8, and Others. The song was a favorite of many fans and also appeared on the Enslave album released earlier that year. Coagulate was the track and it was placed at track 12 inbetween Goteki and Freudstein.
In mid 2003 Gross National Produkt finished it's fourth release, 'The Death Among Us'. This has been considered by GNP fans as Riks mostly developed and matured release so far. Much less political and ant-capitalistic driven, it focuses more on the 'simpler' pains in life and the emotions that everyone can relate to. Love, betrayl and a particular person is the main focus of this release. It also captures GNP's most dominant vocal works so far which includes only two instrumental tracks out of the total fourteen. A major step forward compared to the Enslave album which featured only six tracks which included vocals. Another major progression is the artwork contained in this work. It features a 31 page booklet containing incredible artwork by an insanely talented artist, Jamason Finn of Ruindel Design. He also designed the cover, back-cover and cd-tray inlay which brings it up to 34 pages of incredible artwork. Music videos are also in development for this release with the first track off the new album (Naquyaquatsi) nearing completion of it's video. It is hoped to have a video for each track in this release which will later be released as dvd and vcd. Don't know how realistic that will be at this stage but with enough time on our side we should be able to do it. No stock footage will be used in these videos either.
Now 2003 is coming to an end and Rik is back at working on new tracks for a future GNP release. Nothing solid as of yet but their are a few ideas in the works. If you care to help feed a starving artist then perhaps you might want to purchase any one of the titles mentioned above or other merchandise. If so then please visit the Gross National Produkt website and check out the produkts section. To sub-scribe to the Meat Market Industries mailing list where you can receive periodic newsletters from each artist, send a blank e-mail to Wormpharm_MMIemail@example.com.
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